I have a really great living room makeover to share with you today! I loved how this idea came to me to do this and I will share how these projects come about. But first I want to point out that the inspiration for this living room makeover is to share the importance of choosing the right furniture for your home. Not just bringing pieces you like from an old home or even purchasing new items without a plan. It is so important to consider the flow of your home. The layout. The function. How you will use the room. In this case, a living room that is really the center of the home. It is also important to create a welcoming and inviting space. First I will show you what the living room looked like before I started!
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Living Room BEFORE-
This is their living room. It is a fantastic space! Love that they have a fireplace with built-in bookcases and those gorgeous windows! My friend was having trouble knowing what to do in here. She felt that the chair was too tight to the bookcase and it blocked the walk-way. I did agree with that. The sofa placement, coffee table and rug were making the room feel closed off and a lot smaller than it was. And she agreed. This is the PERFECT example (I personally did the exact thing) of bringing pieces of furniture from an old home that really were not perfect for the new home. We bring it because either we love the piece or because we think we will save money by just keeping what we have. Not always the case. Let me share the why….
Living Room After-
This furniture change-up cost around $700! That is all. I say “that is all” because typically if you have furniture you can sell it and make some money to put towards something new. And you have to factor in your cost to move that old furniture, a rental truck and often movers too (they had Kevin to help them move). They ended up donating their old sofa and chair to a friend. I love that you can bless others who might really need what you have and it just might be better in their space! In the end they really were not saving as much as they thought by keeping the “not ideal” furniture.
Living Room BEFORE and AFTER-
Really creating a comfortable, stylish space that you and your family love doesn’t have to cost a lot. I love that WalMart.com has functional items that fit your style, and your budget. My friend is the one who brought up her room to me. I would never be the first tell someone that what that have isn’t the best fit. I only offer my ideas to friends and family if they ask me, because they could have been perfectly happy with what they had! She had mentioned it to me a couple months ago and they were on the fence about doing to because of time, money and knowing what to do. I think which is the case with most people! But coming up with a plan- in this case were the four chairs made it easy to just search WalMart.com for chairs in a certain price range.
I was showing her that she can find chairs under $200 from Walmart.com and create a new look for not a lot of money. I wanted to do this for them to show others that it can be done very affordably.
I have actually had my eye on THESE green velvet chairs from Walmart.com (for only $159!!). They are a great size and comfortable too! I saw them in the blush color and kept thinking about them. Our friends don’t really have any furniture that isn’t brown or beige. So I was happy that they were on-board with this color for their chairs. I think green is basically a neutral, I mean, it is the color of plants!
I also found THESE wood-arm chairs from Walmart.com too! They actually fully recline and come in other colors. and are about $160 as well! The key to doing four chairs grouped together is to do chairs that compliment each other in scale.
Here are the guys “testing” out the new furniture! BTW- they really love their new room. Which makes it all worth it for me. I love to help my friends and family (that includes you) to fall in love with any home they have.
This was what the room looked like BEFORE our friends bought the space! Notice how my friend painted the wood white one the fireplace so it wasn’t so broken up? Genius!! And look at what a rug does for the room too!
One thing I did was remove everything out of the bookcases and only put back items they use (books) or that made sense to the space. Not to just fill up the bookcases with items, jut to fill it up. We also added some of my Magic Lights to the bookcase, they are truly magic to a space!
I also added some garland above each of the windows, rather than putting too much on the mantel. Luckily I had two that I wasn’t using in my home that worked out perfect! Of course added a strand of battery operated twinkle lights since there isn’t a plug there.
That box was her late mother’s, a wonderful reminder of her. I kept the bookcases pretty symmetrical, important to balance them out and tie them together some way. I used some more green garland that she had on both sides of the bookcase. And notice the real plant on both sides as well.
A mirror is always great above a fireplace to add some height and also something that looks good all seasons. I personally love to layer a piece of art in front of the mirror. I hung a fresh green wreath and added accessories that I brought from my home, that I was no longer using. They get to brighten up a new space.
I simplified the stockings by getting rid of the stocking holders and just using some small white thumb tacks.
Their fireplace has gas logs, which are awesome. Much easier to use than a wood-burning fireplace. I cleared out a lot of the things she had around the fireplace to make it safer and hung the stockings out of the way. I wanted to get them THIS fireplace screen but didn’t order it in time. Walmart.com has a lot of great fireplace screens!
A round table always looks great in the center of four chairs, creates an open concept that promotes gathering and conversation.
Let me know if I missed anything and any questions you might have! I hope it inspired you to design your room off of the function and flow of the room.